Random Thoughts and Notes No. 1226-1250

1226.    There is a distinction between having little understanding (which may be correct if taken from a proper source) and weak understanding (which is self-taught, probably wrong). So the narration ‘Ballighu ‘Aani’ (trans. “Convey concerning me…”), refers to the first type of person, never to the second category.

1227.    (As mentioned) The matter about Sihr (Magic) is not only that it is a Kabirah (Major Sin), or even that it is Kufr, but that even the door to Tawbah is blocked – the famous Hadith is there about Harut, Marut, and the woman who became a magician.

1228.    There is what are known as Qiraat Mudrajah, where a Sahabi inserted some words of explanation into the Qur’anic text, and a subsequent narrator took it mistakenly as being part of the Verse. Don’t let this confuse you since there are different types of Qiraat: Mutawaatirah, Mashhurah, Sihah, Shaadhah, Mudrajah, and only the first type is considered as the Qur’an proper.

1229.    When anything comes to an end, and we are told to make Istighfar, this happens in Salat, in Hajj, in Majaalis, even at the end of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) life – as we know from Surat an-Nasr.

1230.    (As mentioned) Unless if a person has a very particular need, we are encouraged to make the general Duaas as we find them in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

1231.    Differences of opinion in Aqeedah, Fiqh, Riwaayaat of Sirah, paths of spirituality, etc., started with the Imams, yes but these have their basis in differences among the Sahabah (RAA). So don’t be misled into condemning Imams, since that is in a way condemnation of the Sahabah (RAA).

1232.    The battle of Ahzaab was the hardest of all for the Prophet (ﷺ) and the Companions (RAA), so much so that there was a period of starvation, plus the Muslims missed 3 of their prayers in one day of fighting.

1233.    It is obvious, yet we should remember that we accept apparent metaphysical causation just as we accept physical causation (e.g., angels who move the clouds is an instance of metaphysical causation)- yet in all cases it is Allah who creates.

1234.    (As mentioned) The human is a composite of angelic and bestial elements, plus intellectual appetites.

1235.    (As mentioned) Alhamdullilah is praising Allah for the qualities He possesses, while Subhanallah is for those He is free from.

1236.    There are 2 important requisites for real Khawf (Fear) of Allah: knowledge of Him in all His Names and Attributes, and knowledge of your own reality, of your sins and shortcomings.

1237.    There is a (good, Divine-based) fear in listening to a reminder about Allah (His Punishment, or recommendations to do good and refrain from evil). Even when it has no reality in the limbs afterwards, this is deemed to be the lowest level of fear.

1238.    There should be some consideration for how the desires of man are being used to change the very desires (e.g., in the eugenics movements), along with their possible consequences.

1239.    Almost all people wielding power have what can be called “spiritually challenged vocabulary” even if they claim to be strictly secular; this is so, since they cannot wade through their policies without a spiritual framework.

1240.    (As mentioned) War is meant to be a tool of policy, not an end to itself.

1241.    A General Comment: It is a tautology of sorts, but in modern societies, the freedoms the polity enjoys are based on the understandings of the people concerning the laws they pass; here comes the term statutory laws.

1242.    It seems the Original Sin doctrine is theologically problematic in Islam since (first and foremost) it opens the door for Trinitarian ideas of the “Son” coming down to earth as a god walking among men – more so than God punishing people of later times for the sins of their parents, which is in fact a hypothetical possibility absent revelation.

1243.    One wonders why some people always post online and have an opinion; it seems that being right or wrong is irrelevant to them, so they will continue to post, to argue for its own sake. Even if their analyses are shown to be wrong or lacking in many cases, they will simply move on to another topic.

1244.    A woman may accept polygyny to further the community as a whole, this is quite a possibility. So don’t be bewildered when this is presented in the form of history or anecdotes, etc.

1245.    One needs to consider whether their calls for individual freedom do actually promote cultural genocide in toto. An example is there in Afghanistan, for more than 40 years they have tried to establish an urban life of Euro-American norms in a mostly village culture, but it is obviously very hard to make it work, since it would hypothetically require killing everyone and planting a whole new type of people there, a people who may in any case not gravitate towards Euro-American norms. This is also why when “human rights abuses” are brought up, they are often in terms of one race or ethnicity and its culture, using weapons against another race or ethnicity. One or the other may portray itself as more liberal and open-minded in order to curry favor internationally, but at the end of the day it is a tribalist or racialist conflict which has come up.

1246.    It seems the Christian says that “Eternally Begotten” is a necessary quality of the Father-Son relationship/economy. We Muslims active in Da’wah should take note of what they say, in order to improve our efforts in countering Christianity.

1247.    When we live in a Muslim community, as we should, then it is inescapable that we will confront good and bad qualities of the Muslims; we cannot run away from the community though, but rather deal with it in the best way possible.

1248.    A very important point: One cannot say that the Prophet (ﷺ) was Huzima or Fashila (was defeated, or failed). This is disbelief.

1249.    Satan does not approach you through Shariah yet he approaches you through ‘Khayr’ (good). He fools you into believing that Khayr is something other than what Allah has ordered. It is a consistent rule in all of human history that this is how Satanic insinuations are planted in people’s minds.

1250.    The proof of Barakah from the Qur’an is seen in the story of Zakariyya and Maryam (Alayhimaa As-Salaam) that Hunaalika (in that place) he made Duaa to Allah, since he recognized that place as one of Barakah, of great good from Allah. This, even though Zakariyya was a Prophet of Allah and there is no doubt that his Duaa would be answered.

Also, we see that Musa (Alayhi as-Salaam) asked to go to the Holy Land at the time of his death, for Tabarruk. Statements from the Ulamaa’ (RA) permitting this are so very many, so don’t be swayed by anyone who casts doubt on the concept of Barakah.